The recent dumping of 20 inches of snow on New York City was a commuter's nightmare—also a filmmaker's paradise. Here's the moody, brilliantly-shot meditation on a buried city that's being called Oscar-worthy by no less than Roger Ebert.

The video was shot by filmmaker Jamie Stuart in Queens, during the snowstorm on the night of the 26th. Like the video itself, the title, "Idiot with a Tripod," is an homage to the 1929 silent film "Man With a Movie Camera." At the very least, it should win the Oscar for Best Viral Video About the Snowpocalypse. [Gothamist]